“I am afraid that our children and youth will catch and embrace these twisted upside down values. I dread the thought they might carry these errors into the next generation and render tomorrow bleak and gloomy,” Villegas said. He also expressed grief and alarm about the alleged extra judicial killings in the country under the Duterte administration, which he called "new things" that make Filipinos laugh.
“I am in this endless grief at the killings I have seen and heard. The well is running dry and I can no longer give a word of condolence to the bereaved families because I also need to be assured even a bit that things will get better and not become worse even more,” Villegas said. “My brows have not been without furrows for some months now – worried, confused and sad. I cry as I pray alone. I am horrified at the new ‘things’ that make my countrymen laugh. How do I cope? I repeat and hold on to the saying: The darkest hour is just before dawn. The darkest hour is the hour before the sunburst!” he added.
Villegas also urged Filipinos to pray the rosary every day, go to confession at least once a month and attend daily Mass.
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